First Orthodontist Visit Walnut Creek

What To Expect At Your Initial Appointment

Our objective is to make sure your visits with us will be pleasant and informative. Your initial appointment will consist of an examination and a discussion of potential treatment options. This important visit will address the orthodontic needs of you or your child. Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your first visit:

  • Any x-rays (if applicable)
  • A list of medications you are presently taking
  • If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
  • Completed online or printed patient registration forms.

Ready to schedule your orthodontic care? Call us or request an appointment today.

Call us: 925-934-3583

Diagnostic Records & Treatment Planning

Before you can begin, you will need to get several specialized orthodontic records. These records are necessary so Dr. Masuda can do a complete and thorough diagnosis and determine the best treatment plan for your individual orthodontic situation.

We will take orthodontic x-rays and digital scans of your upper and lower teeth. Dr. Masuda will review these records and develop your treatment plan.

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Successive Visits

Periodic visits are an important part of orthodontic treatment. Generally, we will want to see you every 4 to 8 weeks to check your progress and make adjustments to your braces. During this time, you will need to:

  • keep appointments
  • follow instructions
  • eat nutritiously
  • and practice good oral hygiene

Also continue to visit your dentist regularly. Call us at Masuda Orthodontics office Phone Number 925-934-3583 to set up your appointment.

Once your braces are removed, retainers are utilized to hold your teeth in their new positions until your bone, gums, and muscles adapt to their new teeth positions. The retention period is an important part of your overall treatment and should not be neglected!

Length of Treatment

Braces may be on between 6 months to 30 months or longer depending on:

  • the age of the patient
  • the severity of the problem
  • the patient’s cooperation
  • and the degree of movement possible

Dental Care

Before any orthodontic treatment, your family dentist should make certain that all cavities have been treated and the health of your gums and underlying bone are free of periodontal disease.

In addition, your dentist or an oral surgeon will remove any teeth that Dr. Masuda prescribed to correct your bite.

Your family dentist should also schedule cleaning and cavity checkup visits during your orthodontic care. We would like to reinforce the need to keep your regular visits with your family dentist because we are only an aid to your family dentist and not a replacement.